My research questions emerge from clinical problems I discover. I conduct projects in the areas of cleft lip and palate, craniofacial surgery and vascular anomalies. I have a certificate in teaching and higher education and I try to maintain research interests in these areas. As well, I have an interest in safety and effective surgical tools during operative procedures. I have a strong trainee component to my research and ensure that all appropriate projects have a medical student, resident or fellow involved.


In Reply
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1016/j.joms.2017.06.013

Lymphatic Malformation Architecture Implications for Treatment With OK-432
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Claudia C. Malic, Regan Guilfoyle, Rebecca J.M. Courtemanche, Jugpal S. Arneja, Manraj K.S. Heran, Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/scs.0000000000003789

Routine Postoperative Imaging Is Not Indicated in the Management of Mandibular Fractures
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Douglas J. Courtemanche, Richard Barton, Damon Li, Graeme McNeill, Manraj K.S. Heran
DOI: 10.1016/j.joms.2016.12.024

Spontaneously Resolved Macrocystic Lymphatic Malformations: Predictive Variables and Outcomes.
Plastic surgery (Oakville, Ont.)
Phang MJ, Courtemanche DJ, Bucevska M, Malic C, Arneja JS
DOI: 10.1177/2292550317693815
PubMed: 29026809

Airway Management in Pierre Robin Sequence: The Vancouver Classification.
Plastic surgery (Oakville, Ont.)
Li WY, Poon A, Courtemanche D, Verchere C, Robertson S, Bucevska M, Malic C, Arneja JS
DOI: 10.1177/2292550317693814
PubMed: 29026807

What Is the Best Way to Measure Surgical Quality? Comparing the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program versus Traditional Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Jacques X. Zhang, Diana Song, Julie Bedford, Marija Bucevska, Douglas J. Courtemanche, Jugpal S. Arneja
DOI: 10.1097/01.prs.0000481737.88897.1a

Multiple Successful Angioembolizations for Refractory Cardiac Failure in a Preterm with Rapidly Involuting Congenital Hemangioma
American Journal of Perinatology Reports
Amitava Sur, Heran Manraj, Pascal Lavoie, Ken Lim, Douglas Courtemanche, Paul Brooks, Susan Albersheim
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1570342

Initiating silver recycling efforts: Quantifying Ag from used burn dressings
Environmental Technology & Innovation
Rebecca J.M. Courtemanche, Nichole S. Taylor, Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1016/j.eti.2015.04.003

The cranial orbital buttress technique for nonsyndromic unicoronal and metopic craniosynostosis
Neurosurgical Focus
Shane K. F. Seal, Paul Steinbok, Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.3171/2015.2.focus14844

Acute choke zone effects: Lessons from radioactive and fluorescent microspheres in a pig model muscle flap
Plastic Surgery
DJ Courtemanche, WG Cannon, RJM Courtemanche, JS Williamson, D Lyster
DOI: 10.4172/plastic-surgery.1000924

Acute choke zone effects: Lessons from radioactive and fluorescent microspheres in a pig model muscle flap.
Plastic surgery (Oakville, Ont.)
Courtemanche DJ, Cannon WG, Courtemanche R, Williamson JS, Lyster D
PubMed: 26361624

The “Little AVM”A New Entity in High-flow versus Low-flow Vascular Malformations
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open
Michael Stein, Regan Guilfoyle, Douglas J. Courtemanche, Wendy Moss, Marija Bucevska, Jugpal S. Arneja
DOI: 10.1097/gox.0000000000000145

Use of safety scalpels and other safety practices to reduce sharps injury in the operating room: What is the evidence?
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Kristin DeGirolamo, Douglas Courtemanche, Warren Hill, Angie Kennedy, Erik Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1503/cjs.003812

Prenatal Presentation of Fronto-orbital Congenital Infantile FibrosarcomaA Clinicopathologic Report
JAMA Ophthalmology
Hughie H. Tsang, Peter J. Dolman, Douglas J. Courtemanche, Shahrad Rod Rassekh, Christof Senger, Christopher J. Lyons
DOI: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.1934

Complicated Infantile Hemangioma of the LipOutcomes of Early versus Late Resection
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Sally Hynes, Kailash Narasimhan, Douglas J. Courtemanche, Jugpal S. Arneja
DOI: 10.1097/prs.0b013e31827c6fe2

Reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery? Factors influencing the type of practice established by Canadian plastic surgeons
Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Colin W Mcinnes, Douglas J Courtemanche, Cynthia G Verchere, Kevin L Bush, Jugpal S Arneja
DOI: 10.1177/229255031202000312

Bilateral Temporomandibular Joint Dislocation With Locked Mandibular Impaction
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Sally L. Hynes, Leigh A. Jansen, D. Ross Brown, Douglas J. Courtemanche, James C. Boyle
DOI: 10.1016/j.joms.2011.09.046

Split calvarial bone grafting in patients less than 1 year of age: technical note and use in craniofacial surgery for craniosynostosis
Child's Nervous System
Paul Steinbok, Shane K. F. Seal, Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1007/s00381-011-1447-4

Robin sequence: clearing nosologic confusion.
The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
Breugem CC, Courtemanche DJ
DOI: 10.1597/08-061.1
PubMed: 19860499

Role of Platelet Gel and Calcium-Coated Lactosorb Membranes in Healing Critical Calvarial Defects
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Daniel A. Peters, Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/scs.0b013e3181c01880

Robin Sequence: Clearing Nosologic Confusion
The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Corstiaan Breugem, Douglas Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1597/08-061

Portable ultrasound-assisted injection of OK-432 in lymphatic malformations by the plastic surgeon
Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Corstiaan C. Breugem, Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1016/j.bjps.2008.02.026

Subperiosteal Release of the Floor of the Mouth in Airway Management in Pierre Robin Sequence
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Corstiaan C. Breugem, Peter R. Olesen, Donald G. Fitzpatrick, Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/scs.0b013e31816aab0b

Treatment of Cystic Lymphatic Vascular Malformations with OK-432 Sclerotherapy
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Daniel A. Peters, Douglas J. Courtemanche, Manraj K. S. Heran, Jeffrey P. Ludemann, Julie S. Prendiville
DOI: 10.1097/01.prs.0000239503.10964.11

Facial Fractures – Association with Ocular Injuries: A 13-Year Review of One Practice in a Tertiary Care Centre
Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Daniel Y Nagase, Douglas J Courtemanche, Daniel A Peters
DOI: 10.1177/229255030601400303

Breast Reconstruction in Older Women: Should Age Be an Exclusion Criterion?
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Cameron C. Bowman, Peter A. Lennox, Patricia A. Clugston, Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/01.prs.0000220473.94654.a4

Facial fractures – association with ocular injuries: A 13-year review of one practice in a tertiary care centre
Plastic Surgery
Daniel Y Nagase, Douglas J Courtemanche
DOI: 10.4172/plastic-surgery.1000477

Plate Removal in Traumatic Facial Fractures13-Year Practice Review
Annals of Plastic Surgery
Daniel Y. Nagase, Douglas J. Courtemanche, Daniel A. Peters
DOI: 10.1097/01.sap.0000189666.13860.c0

Vascular Resistance in Human Muscle Flaps
Annals of Plastic Surgery
R. C. Mahabir, J. S. Williamson, N. J. Carr, D. J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1097/00000637-200108000-00007

Pediatric hand fractures: A review
Pediatric Emergency Care
DOI: 10.1097/00006565-200106000-00001

Surgical Management of Injuries Sustained from Grizzly Bear Maulings Treated in Vancouver, British Columbia
Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery
Raman C Mahabir, Peter R Olesen, Wendy G Cannon, Nicole M Barré, Charles Ft Snelling, J Scott Williamson, Douglas J Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1177/229255030000800506

Lipoma of the Cleft Soft Palate: A Case Report of a Rare Congenital Anomaly
The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Raman C. Mahabir, Jamal A. Mohammad, Douglas J. Courtemanche
DOI: 10.1597/1545-1569(2000)0372.0.co;2

Lower extremity burns and Unna paste: can we decrease health care costs without compromising patient care?
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
Wells NJ, Boyle JC, Snelling CF, Carr NJ, Courtemanche DJ
PubMed: 7497369

Osseointegration in Sinus-Forming Bone
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Christopher J. Coombs, Keith L. Mutimer, Anthony D. Holmes, Bruce A. Levant, Douglas J. Courtemanche, John G. Clement
DOI: 10.1097/00006534-199504001-00016

Osseointegration in Sinus-Forming Bone
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Christopher J. Coombs, Keith L. Mutimer, Anthony D. Holmes, Bruce A. Levant, Douglas J. Courtemanche, John G. Clement
DOI: 10.1097/00006534-199595050-00016

Osseointegration in sinus-forming bone.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Coombs CJ, Mutimer KL, Holmes AD, Levant BA, Courtemanche DJ, Clement JG
PubMed: 7708871

Revascularization of a seven-week-old infant lower extremity: case report.
Journal of reconstructive microsurgery
Clugston PA, Courtemanche DJ, Lawson I, Christensen LB, Tredwell S
PubMed: 7791134

Experimental calvarial growth disturbance by micro-plate and screw fixation.
The Australian and New Zealand journal of surgery
Courtemanche DJ, Mutimer KL, Holmes AD, Levant BA, Clement JG
PubMed: 1590718

Monoclonal antibody LICR-LON-M8 does not predict the outcome of operable breast cancer.
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
Courtemanche DJ, Worth AJ, Coupland RW, Rowell JL, MacFarlane JK
PubMed: 1847654

Detection of micrometastases from primary breast cancer.
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
Courtemanche DJ, Worth AJ, Coupland RW, MacFarlane JK
PubMed: 1847653

Wetting of a Smooth Substrate by Crystal
MRS Proceedings
David J. Courtemanche, Frank van Swol
DOI: 10.1557/proc-237-73

Rating the burn scar.
The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation
Sullivan T, Smith J, Kermode J, McIver E, Courtemanche DJ
PubMed: 2373734

Recognition and treatment of the post-traumatic stress disorder in the burn victim.
The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation
Courtemanche DJ, Robinow O
PubMed: 2745501

Myocardial infarction in a child with Salmonella enterocolitis.
Pediatric cardiology
Courtemanche DJ, Firth CE, Onyet H
PubMed: 3523451


The Role of Experts in Teaching in a Plastic Surgery Residency Program
Our pediatric plastic surgery fellow, Dr. Jason Neil-Dwyer, is completing his certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education and this project is part of his graduation requirements. Internationally the moves towards implementing a shorter workweek for residents, reducing the number of years of residency, and emphasising operating room efficiency, are markedly diminishing teaching time provided to each resident. Given the importance of the operating room experience to surgical residents’ education, it is crucial that we gain a better understanding of the teaching that occurs in this environment so that it can be best facilitated in a shorter time. The first step towards improving surgical skills training is to better define the methods successfully used for teaching. The aim of this study will be to analyse teaching in the operating room environment. The analysis will attempt to qualify the cognitive, verbal and motor strategies that are used by the mentor surgeon through observation and stimulated recall interviews.

Safety Scalpels: A Systematic Review
Are safety scalpels safer than traditional scalpels in lowering the incidence of scalpel injuries in the operative setting?

Maxillary Outgrowth after Repair of a Cleft of the soft Palate: An Analysis between the Wardill-Kilner and Furlow palatoplasty
This is a multi-disciplinary project in conjunction with orthodontists and dentists in the community. The primary goal for performing a palatoplasty is to achieve closure between the oral and nasal cavities and subsequently lead to normal velopharyngeal sphincter closure for speech. The two main parameters for assessing successful outcome are intelligible speech and maxillary outgrowth. This study was undertaken to analyse the effect that two different surgical methods have on maxillary outgrowth in patients with an isolated cleft of the soft palate.

Honours & Awards

Honourable Mention – McCreary Prize for Inter-professional Teamwork (Cleft Palate Team), 2005

MCC Recognition of Service Award, 2002

Research Group Members

Rupinder Parhar
Rebecca Courtemanche
Marija Bucevska, Clinical Research Coordinator
Ethan Ponton, Undergraduate Student
Jovi Sidhu